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Weaving the web - From myth to modernity

Simpson Nikakis, Karen 2008, Weaving the web - From myth to modernity, in INSITE 2008 : Proceedings of the 2008 Informing Science + Information Technology Education Conference, Informing Science Institute, Varna, Bulgaria, pp. 41-45.

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Title Weaving the web - From myth to modernity
Author(s) Simpson Nikakis, Karen
Conference name Informing Science and Information Technology Education Conference (2008 : Varna, Bulgaria)
Conference location Varna, Bulgaria
Conference dates 22nd - 25th June 2008
Title of proceedings INSITE 2008 : Proceedings of the 2008 Informing Science + Information Technology Education Conference
Editor(s) Cohen, Eli
Publication date 2008
Conference series Informing Science and Information Technology Education Conference
Start page 41
End page 45
Publisher Informing Science Institute
Place of publication Varna, Bulgaria
Keyword(s) connotation
denotation
nomenclature
lexis
coining
subtext
portmanteau
neologism
phonetic
slliteration
power distance
uncertainty avoidance
ICT
lexicon
Summary The discovery, development or invention of new objects and phenomena by humankind, requires a new set of words to be coined or adopted to describe it. This is also true of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) world. Words are not neutral, regardless of which dialect or language they occur in. They carry with them associations and connotations based on their previous applications and alliances, and augmented by their shapes, sounds, rhymes and rhythms. The subtext that word choice creates, while often not recognised or acknowledged, is important in considering how communication operates in, and shapes Information Technology (IT) environments. Many words that are now embedded in the ICT lexicon continue to be informed by these earlier meanings, some of which, in the English lexis, are drawn from myths. The vernacular of the ICT lexis reflects its openness to new ideas, the nature of its users, its English language roots and its Western cultural origins. This contributes to a particular communication style. But such lexis can prove problematic for non-English speaking background users and/or those from different cultures. As the ICT vocabulary continues to evolve, these language and cultural underpinnings are coming under challenge, suggesting a language and cultural future very different to the past. This in turn, will create a subtext that affects all users.
Language eng
Field of Research 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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